Dogs & Pups, Nov-Dec 2013


Nov-Dec 2014

Nov-Dec 2014

+ Beginnings & Happy Memories

Dog Breed Profile
+ Funtastic Bull Terrier

Dog Training
+ Brush Up on training essentials!

Dog Health
+ Otitis Causes, treatment & Management
+ Understanding Common ear problems
+ Timely treatment of Dry Eye Condition
+ Pearly Whites: window to your pooch’s health

Puppy Care
+ Bringing a pup home: a first day guide
+ An insight into the stages of puppy development
+ First day puppy parenting

Dog Grooming
+ Learn all about Paw Protection

Dog Nutrition
+ How the right diet can get life off to a good start…

Fun & Features
+ Pooch movie mania magic!
+ Recognise our pooch’s style statement!

+ Waggy New Year gifts

Paws and their stars
+ John Abraham

Seasonal Care
New Year resolutions for a pet parent – the KPS way

Pawssionate Profession
+ Love thy pet, Love thy profession

Paw store

+ Brett Lee launches Pedigree ADULT Senior in New Delhi

Readers Write In
+ Ask the expert…
+ Just fur fun!
+ Poem
+ ‘wags’ for the wonderful vet
+ Shining Star
+ Picture perfect
+ ‘paw ’ – tales + Remembrance

Just fur fun l Nov-Dec 2010

All About My Buddy:
My Name is: Alena
My Buddy’s Name is: Mischief
My Buddy’s Breed is:Pug
My Buddy’s Colour is: Fawn with black highlights
My Buddy’s Age is: 4 years
My Buddy’s Favourite Treat:Banana
My Buddy’s Funniest Habits:He tries to bite and nibble my ear
My Buddy’s First Love: Only me
My Buddy’s Foods: Roti and fruits
Character Certificate to My Buddy Will Say:Sleepy head but loving
BUDDy and ME: (Few of our favourite things)
List of activities we like doing the most: He loves to sleep by my side as I sing for him
What we indulge doing on Sundays:Sleep
What is the best tricks I have taught him: To bite my grandfather’s socks!

Ask the Expert / Nov-Dec 2010

Dr. K. G. Umesh (MVSc, MSc (UK)) is a Postgraduate in Clinical Medicine. He has been a ask the expertlecturer in clinical medicine at Vet College in Bangalore for 15 years, and has won the ‘best teacher’ award in the year 2000. He is a member of European Society for Vet Dermatology and is presently working for WALTHAM as Regional Associate for south Asia

Q: We have adopted a two and a half years old male Black Lab who was abandoned. He has some skin patches which are now recovering and the hair is coming back. But I am worried about his health. What food should we give him, also does he require supplements? – Bijal Gehlot, Delhi

Dr KG Umesh: Just like us, adult dogs need a balanced diet which contains the right amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, many different vitamins and minerals to ensure that they stay in peak condition and maintain optimal health. The nutritional profile of any diet-including homemade diets-depends on how the recipe was formulated, the nutrient content of the ingredients, and how you prepare the diet. Unless properly formulated by a nutritionist or a vet, diets made at home are not likely to be nutritionally complete and balanced (deficient, excessive or unbalanced in essential nutrients). Prepared pet foods from reputable pet food manufacturers like Pedigree come with a guarantee of nutritional adequacy, quality and safety. They also contain adequate level of zinc and fats to keep skin and hair coat healthy. There is no need to feed any supplements like calcium or vitamins while he is feeding on balanced food like pedigree except clean fresh water. Therefore continue feeding only recommended quantity of the prepared petfood.

Q: I have an eight-month-old Pug. Since last four months he has developed serious skin infection. We are continuously in touch with local vet but we are worried. Please help. -AM Pendse, Pune

Dr KG Umesh: Skin problems are common in dogs as their skin is thin and the barrier function is poor, compared to man or other animals. Growing puppies are generally susceptible to nutritional and parasitic skin diseases like demodicosis. Any dog with chronic or recurring skin disease must be subjected to investigations like skin scraping or blood tests to find the underlying cause. Proper nutrition particularly zinc, fats and vitamins can help to strengthen skin barrier function. Please consult your vet at the earliest to identify underlying cause and therefore, the specific treatment.

Q: I have a pair of Rottwielers; my male who is two years old is very friendly. How can I train him to bark at strangers? – Nishant, Bulandshahar

Dr KG Umesh: The Rottweiler is a large intimidating-looking dog with muscular and powerful body. They must be thoroughly socialized at an early age as most Rottweilers are inclined toward dominance/aggression and will test for position in the family pecking order.

What is your dog trying to communicate through his barking? He may be barking to express happiness orfear, to get attention, to warn you of an approaching stranger, or to let you know he is bored or lonely. He may also bark to let others know that they are in his territory. Only good training and socialization will mean your dog is able to tell the difference between people allowed into the house and intruders. You may need to get the help of a professional trainer. A dog with good manners will not bark unnecessarily!

Q: My German Shepherd who is 12 years old has a back problem. My vet is treating her for paralysis attack. Currently she cannot move. Any test/therapy that we should undertake? Is this situation curable? – Kamal Kant, Bhilwara

Dr KG Umesh: A reasonable work-up for paralysis is required with selected tests to identify underlying cause, considering your pet’s age and breed. Radiograph and other imaging tests like CT or MRI are used to rule out prolapsed or herniated disk, fractures, spinal injury, hip joint problems etc. This will help your vet to provide appropriate prognosis and treatment plan based on cause. Some dogs respond well to rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, and pain medication. Your vet may consider surgery when it is appropriate and fit at this stage. Physiotherapy and supportive treatment may benefit until cause is identified or when no underlying problem can be identified.

Q: I am looking for a dog for my home, do advice a breed which will be suitable -I have a house of 200 sq yards, no kids at home, looking for a friendly breed- who is vary of strangers, shedding should be medium/minimal. Do also advice the economical expenditure considering vaccination and diet per month. – Anmol Bhatia, New Delhi

Dr KG Umesh: Small breeds with short hair coat would fit your requirements. You can choose breeds like Pug or Dachshund, Miniature Pinscher, etc which are more manageable. Manufactured pet foods not only provide complete nutrition but are also cheaper compared to home prepared diets. You have to bear Vaccination and other preventive health care cost during first three months of puppy stage and then you need to visit your vet at least twice a year for a routine health check and annual vaccinations.

“Paw-Tales” l Nov-Dec 2006

We all in our lives need a friend, who can share our moments of joy,
sorrow, victory or defeat, without whom fun in our life is put to an end.

Even I needed such a friend, a friend who can my messed life mend.
And when I found Snowey and Lalu as my pets,
my search for that friend was put to an end.

They appeared to me as angels whom God had sent.
With them all my time, which I had spent for them may never end.
In my life both of them have happiness spread, they both are my best friends!
– by Trupti Vinay Satam

“Paw-Tales” l Nov-Dec 2006

His Highness Brandy
We all remember days and dates for some or the other reasons, as I fondly remember 21st December. It was the day, when happiness entered into our lives. If I had to describe, I would say it to be a mass of fur with black dotted eyes and a tiny little wet nose. Brandy, my Golden Labrador Retriever came into our lives as a surprise and even more surprisingly became the head of the family in the time to come.
Brandy – our little bundle of joy is just like any other human, with his own likes and dislikes. The one person who means the world to Brandy is his Mom, actually our Mom. According to Brandy, we are siblings and he is the elder one, thus have more right on Mamma’s love!
When he comes for food…Brandy again has his own signature style. He loves curd and if we try to have it without him, which is rather impossible because you will find him nudging you for his share! He needs to know everything about the household activities. If we get something new or discard something old…Brandy’s permission is a must!! At night, you must be wondering where does he sleep..?? Actually, I wonder, where do I sleep! He spreads himself out and sleeps as though it’s his bed and I most of the times end up making the floor my bed.
Brandy is the giant who is a baby by heart! He is someone without whom our family is indeed incomplete!!!
– Suranjana Birla

“Paw-Tales” l Nov-Dec 2006

Getting Lucky with him
I always wanted a pet dog and used to pester my dad for having one. My dad
with concern used to advise me about
the commitment and care, our four-legged companion demands. One needs to shower extra care, love and affection on the canine family members.
Big Daddy’s words helped me a lot as I became responsible and was ready for Lucky – my Labrador. This adorable Lab filled our lives with tremendous amount of fun and frolic. It’s only after having him as my cool companion; I realized my responsibilities towards him.
We spend great afternoons together and with each passing day our companionship grows more stronger. To express my love and affection for him in one line, I would say ‘I feel luckiest to have Lucky’.
– Vaibhav

Ask the Expert.. Nov-Dec 06

Q?:?I have a male Tibetan Terrier, who is 2 years and 3 months old. I feed him milk and roti for lunch and dinner and occasionally meat stock and roti. He has pedigree, biscuits, chewsticks for breakfast. Sometimes he stops eating his food. We have tried to feed him cereals, pulses and vegetables but he refuses to eat the same. He tends to eat the things we eat, refusing what is served in his bowl. He also likes to eat sweets. Are they good for his health? Please recommend a healthy diet for him.
– Aparna Thakre, Nasik

Dr. K.G. Umesh?:?It is not surprising to know your pet showing this feeding behaviour. There are a number of reasons for your pet to behave like this. For e.g., he may have fear for new food, previous bad experience with the food, poor palatability or simply, he may be a fussy eater. Small breeds are generally considered as fussy eaters. Some dogs may refuse food/skip meals, when they have consumed more energy then they would require (which is common in our experience). Please make sure that you are not overfeeding him and monitor his body weight at least every two weeks.

Home made diets depending on the sources, vary with respect to quality, digestibility, nutrient content and therefore is not balanced and complete. Prepared pet foods from reputable pet food manufacturers come with a guarantee of nutritional adequacy, quality and safety. Therefore, we suggest to feed him pet food which is developed and formulated specifically to meet all the requirements of dogs in different lifestages. You can also choose to prepare balanced home made food after consulting your vet nutritionist. Feeding sweets occasionally as a snack should not be a problem as long as it does not add significant calories.

Q?:?Please advise how to take care of a two-month-old Rottweiler puppy?
– Sanjay Gupta

Dr. K.G. Umesh?:?Feeding your dog a well-balanced diet is clearly necessary to keep him fit and healthy, but other activities such as exercise, training, grooming and regular visits to the veterinarian are equally important. If you start training your puppy early, housetraining shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Patience and praise at the right time is the secret. It is essential particularly during this socialisation period that the puppy encounters all the things (people, other animals, objects) that he may encounter in adult life. A well-socialised puppy should be able to cope with any new things that he may experience in later life.

Your best ally in the prevention of health problems is your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on vaccinations (starting from 6 to 20 weeks of age), worming (every 2-3 weeks until 6 months of age), feeding and the general health care of your dog. In addition to the training that occurs throughout the day during exercise and interaction with people, more formal training begins approximately 7-8 weeks of age.

Q?:?My 11-month-old Pug (male) cannot digest dog food and vomits the same. He just eats egg, milk and roti. I have tried various brands of dog food but the result is the same. He is a little overweight and snores. Also, let me know if Pugs have breathing problems. Please advise.
– Dr. Mansi S Chauhan, Bhavnagar

Dr. K.G. Umesh?:?Puppy owners, in particular, are aware of the heavy nutritional demands of the puppy as he grows and may be tempted to feed as much as he will eat. However, many dogs tend to overeat and this could have damaging consequences for your puppy. The extra food received is converted into fat and stored in the body. While a dog is still young and growing, his body will produce extra fat cells to store the excess fat and, once formed, these cells stay with him for life. This may make him prone to obesity as an adult. Overfeeding of rapidly growing puppies can also cause a number of skeletal deformities in large breeds as well as other health problems. It is therefore important to monitor his general condition and record his weight regularly on the ‘Puppy Growth Chart’ to check that he is growing at a rate appropriate to the breed. If he has more than a moderate covering of fat over his ribs he may be getting too fat. When you use a prepared pet food, the label on the packaging will provide a guideline as to how much to feed your dog and it is not necessary to add any calcium or protein supplements.

Dogs with short snouts (Brachycephalic breeds) like Pugs and Bulldogs aren’t able to breathe as efficiently as dogs with longer snouts. Their elongated soft palates tend to make a snoring sound when they inhale. And, the harder the dog breathes, the greater the swelling of the soft palate. Ask your veterinarian for advice if you are unsure about your growing pet condition.